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BLACKHAWKS BAN HEADDRESSES AT HOME GAMES OUT OF RESPECT FOR NATIVE AMERICANS

The Chicago Blackhawks issued a statement on Wednesday afternoon that they are hereby banning Native American headdresses from being worn to home games at United Center, whenever hockey returns to normal.

The move should come as no shock to anyone, given the current state of affairs surrounding racism and prejudice, not only in sports world, but across the better part of the continent.



This movement has led to organizations like the Blackhawks, Indians, Chiefs, Redskins, Braves and the like debating possible name changes for their franchises. Though the Blackhawks have decided not to entertain the idea of a name change at this point, they did feel the need to do what they can to create an environment of respect for all fans and for the Native American people.

"Moving forward, headdresses will be prohibited for fans entering Blackhawks-sanctioned events or the United Center when Blackhawks home games resume. These symbols are sacred, traditionally reserved for leaders who have earned a place of great respect in their Tribe, and should not be generalized or used as a costume or for everyday wear."

Sometimes it's difficult to acknowledge our own ignorance, but the concept is fairly simple. Donning of these types of ceremonial dressings by a non-member of the Native American community, which are typical worn for ceremonial purposes, is offensive and disrespectful to the tradition of the Native American people.

As much as folks may wish to preach about the "cancel culture", this is one example of an organization honoring and respecting the Native American culture enough to actually do something that is right and just.

MIKE ARMENTI
JULY 29, 2020  (14H32)
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